Essential amino acid requirements

Martin E. Lewitt lewitt at
Thu Dec 16 20:23:09 EST 1999

In article <38593B33.3ED3 at>, Stuart Dunn  <dunns99 at> wrote:
>Martin E. Lewitt wrote:
>> In article <38592328.423B at>, Stuart Dunn  <dunns99 at> wrote:
>> >You think I didn't know that? I am not refering to protein digestion. I
>> >was refering to the fact that amino acid breakdown produces urea and
>> >other acids that are excreted through the urine.
>> This is a fascinating area of physiology, since I can tell you would
>> like to know more, let me recommend Devlin's "Biochemistry with
>> Clinical Correlations".   -- Martin
>Here's the information I said I would give you:

Ahhh, you must have me confused with somebody else, I hope they
find it anyway.  I was just giving you a good reference on
the role the amino acids play in the kidney when protecting
the body from acidosis. The amino acids, particularly glutamine
are a source for the ammonium ion NH4+ which allows excretion
of acidity without lowering the pH of the urine, thus conserving
sodium and potassium.             -- Martin

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